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nasa's Media: We're celebrating 29 years since the launch of the @NASAHubble Space Telescope with a new look at t

We're celebrating 29 years since the launch of the @NASAHubble Space Telescope with a new look at the Southern Crab Nebula! See the nebula's hourglass structure ⏳, with bright edges like crab legs 🦀 ? The nebula is located several thousand light-years from Earth and appears to have two nested hourglass-shaped structures that were sculpted by a whirling pair of stars in a binary system. The duo consists of an aging red giant star and a burned-out star, a white dwarf. The red giant is shedding its outer layers. Some of this ejected material is attracted by the gravity of the companion white dwarf. The result is that both stars are embedded in a flat disk of gas stretching between them. This belt of material constricts the outflow of gas so that it only speeds away above and below the disk, forming what looks like an hourglass-shaped nebula. Credit: NASA/ESA/STScI #hubble #29 #crab #nebula #space #NASA #stars

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nasa's Media: Snow drifts on frozen lakes. Dry supraglacial river channels. Exposed mountain flanks of glaciers.

Snow drifts on frozen lakes. Dry supraglacial river channels. Exposed mountain flanks of glaciers. Operation #icebridgenever ceases to impress. ✈️ ⁣ ⁣ Since the launch of its first Arctic campaign in 2009, Operation IceBridge has discovered important finds ranging from water aquifers hidden within snow to detailed depictions of the evolving Arctic sea ice cover. ⁣ ⁣ Here are some images from the campaign’s latest survey flights over Arctic sea and land ice. ⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA / Jeremy Harbeck⁣ ⁣ #ice #arctic #Glacier #Frozen #NASA

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nasa's Media: Crashing waves 🌊 Falling snow ❄️ Blooming flowers 🌻 Fresh air all around 🍃 These are just some o

Crashing waves 🌊 Falling snow ❄️ Blooming flowers 🌻 Fresh air all around 🍃 These are just some of the features that make our Earth so special. For decades we’ve used the vantage point of space to better understand our planet and improve lives. Today we look from the stars once more, this time solely to bask in the beauty of the world we call home. Happy #EarthDay! ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #space #earthday #NASA #Earth #Nature⁣

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nasa's Media: Specular Spectacular: During its mission, our Cassini spacecraft captured the sun glinting off of T

Specular Spectacular: During its mission, our Cassini spacecraft captured the sun glinting off of Titan's north polar seas, seen in this near-infrared, color mosaic from August 21, 2014. The sunglint, also called a specular reflection, is the bright area near the 11 o'clock position at upper left. This mirror-like reflection, known as the specular point, is in the south of Titan's largest sea, Kraken Mare, just north of an island archipelago separating two separate parts of the sea. The southern portion of Kraken Mare displays a "bathtub ring" -- a bright margin of evaporate deposits -- which indicates that the sea was larger at some point in the past and has become smaller due to evaporation. The deposits are material left behind after the methane & ethane liquid evaporates, somewhat akin to the saline crust on a salt flat. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/University of Idaho #saturn #titan #sunglint #SolarSystem #NASA

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nasa's Media: Gaze in awe: An astronaut aboard the International Space Station (@ISS) snapped this image of the S

Gaze in awe: An astronaut aboard the International Space Station (@ISS) snapped this image of the South Indian Ocean as the station flew 265 miles above the cloudy formation. The off-world laboratory orbits the Earth about every 90 minutes and helps us prepare for deep space exploration. The astronaut crews conduct experiments about Earth, space and the physical and biological sciences, benefitting people living on our home planet and future explorers. As a testbed for deep space exploration, the station is helping us learn how to keep astronauts healthy during long-duration space travel and demonstrating technologies for human and robotic exploration beyond low-Earth orbit. Image Credit: NASA #earth #nasa #clouds #space #views

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nasa's Media: Astronaut Christina Koch (@astro_christina) recently took this photo of a moonrise over the atmosph

Astronaut Christina Koch (@astro_christina) recently took this photo of a moonrise over the atmosphere from the International Space Station (@iss). Koch just received news this week that instead of returning to Earth this October, she will remain in orbit until February 2020, which will set a new record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman. The previous mark of 288 days was set by our Peggy Whitson. Photo Credit: NASA / Christina Koch #astronaut #moonrise #spacestation #NASA #Moon

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nasa's Media: Up, up and away. ⁣
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@NorthropGrumman's #Cygnus spacecraft is on its way to the International Space

Up, up and away. ⁣ ⁣ @NorthropGrumman's #cygnusspacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station (@ISS) with about 7,600 pounds of science investigations and cargo after launching on an Antares rocket on Wednesday, April 17, from @NASAWallops in Virginia.⁣ ⁣ The scientific research on board includes a bio-analyzer, a new carbon monitor and a fleet of small robots called Astrobees. ⁣ ⁣ Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls⁣ ⁣ #rocketlaunch #SpaceStation #Science #NASA

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nasa's Media: 🚀🚀🚀 A @NorthropGrumman #Antares rocket carrying a #Cygnus resupply spacecraft is seen on Tuesday

🚀🚀🚀 A @NorthropGrumman #antaresrocket carrying a #Cygnus resupply spacecraft is seen on Tuesday, April 16 during sunrise on Pad-0A at @NASAWallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Set to launch on Wednesday, April 17 at 4:46 p.m. EDT, this will be the company's 11th contracted cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (@ISS) to deliver about 7,600 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls #launch #Rocket #NASA #LaunchPad

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nasa's Media: Coating the night sky like sprinkles on an ice cream scoop, this globular cluster contains an incre

Coating the night sky like sprinkles on an ice cream scoop, this globular cluster contains an incredible half-million stars! This 8-billion-year-old cosmic bauble called Messier 3 is one of the largest and brightest globular clusters ever discovered, seen here in a @NASAHubble image. What makes Messier 3 extra special is its unusually large population of variable stars — stars that fluctuate in brightness over time. New variable stars continue to be discovered in this sparkling stellar nest to this day, but so far, we know of 274, the highest number found in any globular cluster by far. Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, G. Piotto et al. #Hubble #stars #sprinkles #NASA

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nasa's Media: Double the rocket, double the beauty! 😍 On April 5, we successfully launched two sounding rockets

Double the rocket, double the beauty! 😍 On April 5, we successfully launched two sounding rockets from Norway that reached 200 miles in altitude before returning back to Earth. Carrying scientific instruments to studying the energy exchange within an aurora, the launch of these rockets created colorful clouds that allow researchers to track the flow of neutral and charged particles with the auroral wind. Image Credit: NASA/Lee Wingfield #seeingdouble #RocketLaunch #NASA #Skygazing

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nasa's Media: It's not another world. It's Earth and it's the "Eye of the Sahara." 👁️From an altitude of 255 mil

It's not another world. It's Earth and it's the "Eye of the Sahara." 👁️From an altitude of 255 miles, a crewmember on the International Space Station (@ISS) photographed the Richat Structure in northwestern Mauritania. The circular geologic feature is thought to be caused by an uplifted dome—geologists would classify it as a domed anticline—that has been eroded to expose the originally flat rock layers. Image credit: NASA #sahara #Earth #mauritania #NASA #Views

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nasa's Media: ❤️ 💙 💛

Infused with swaths of red, blue and yellow, this infrared image of Jupiter’s atmosphere

❤️ 💙 💛 Infused with swaths of red, blue and yellow, this infrared image of Jupiter’s atmosphere reveals that solar wind has a strong influence on the planet. Within just a day of solar wind hitting Jupiter, scientists observed the chemistry in its atmosphere changing and its temperature rising. Credits: NAOJ and NASA/JPL-Caltech #Space #jupiter #infrared #NASA

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